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Jerusalem - Heartbreaking Grief As Family Of Terror Attack Murder Victims Mark Funeral Instead Of Wedding

Published on: November 14, 2015 08:04 PM
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A member of the family (C) mourns next to the bodies of Yaakov Litman and his son Natanel during their funeral in Jerusalem November 14, 2015. ReutersA member of the family (C) mourns next to the bodies of Yaakov Litman and his son Natanel during their funeral in Jerusalem November 14, 2015. Reuters

Jerusalem - Rabbi Ya’akov Litman, 40, and his son Netanel, 18, who were shot to death by Palestinian terrorists outside Otniel south of Hebron on Friday afternoon, were laid to rest in Jerusalem on Saturday night.

Five other family members – Litman’s wife, three daughters aged 5, 9, and 11, and a 16-year-old son – suffered minor wounds. The family was driving to a Shabbat pre-celebration of a fourth daughter’s wedding when the gunmen opened fire on their vehicle. All five were lightly wounded by shrapnel and the resulting crash, but were not shot.

Ya’akov was struck first and Netanel was shot while calling for help, according to the IDF Spokesman. The 16-yearold son was able to reach Magen David Adom.

ISRAELNATIONALNEWS.com (http://bit.ly/1lp3jQv) reports that family members had to physically support Rabbi Litman’s daughter during the emotional ceremony at Jerusalem’s Har Hamenuchot cemetery that drew prominent rabbinic and political figures, among them President Reuven Rivlin.

In addressing the mourners, President Rivlin said, “We stand here and it is difficult to contain… and difficult to accept how in one moment a family celebration can turn into such a great tragedy.”

Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi David Lau said, “A wedding has turned to grief and sorrow. How painful… in place of a wedding there is a funeral of a father and son! Where is the mercy on the bride?”

Following the attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to hunt down the killers and bring them to justice.

“We will find these lowlife murderers and we will prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law, just as we have done in the past,” Netanyahu said, adding that Israel will continue to fight terrorism “wherever it strikes.”

Speaking at the funeral, President Reuven Rivlin said even in the face of terror “we are not afraid, we do not surrender and we do not back down. Our history is intertwined with this land.”

He continued, “The events that target us remind us every day that our presence here is not obvious.”

The president praised Rabbi Yaakov Litman for his work as a teacher, and Netanel’s work as MDA volunteer. He also drew comparisons to the terrorist attacks that occurred in Paris on Friday.

“In Paris, Hebron, Jerusalem and New York, we must fight a bitter and persistent war against those who murder innocent people in cold blood.”

Hamas praised the killers as “heroic,” although did not claim responsibility for the attack.

Meanwhile, Palestinian sources in Gaza said passersby handed out candy in the streets to celebrate the murders.

Friends and family attend the funeral of  Rabbi Ya�akov Litman, 40, and his son Netanel, 18, in Jerusalem on November 14, 2015. The two Israelis were killed when Palestinian gunmen fired on their vehicle south of the West Bank city of Hebron yesterday. Other family members traveling in the car were all lightly wounded. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family attend the funeral of Rabbi Ya�akov Litman, 40, and his son Netanel, 18, in Jerusalem on November 14, 2015. The two Israelis were killed when Palestinian gunmen fired on their vehicle south of the West Bank city of Hebron yesterday. Other family members traveling in the car were all lightly wounded. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family attend the funeral of  Rabbi Ya�akov Litman, 40, and his son Netanel, 18, in Jerusalem on November 14, 2015. The two Israelis were killed when Palestinian gunmen fired on their vehicle south of the West Bank city of Hebron yesterday. Other family members traveling in the car were all lightly wounded. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family attend the funeral of Rabbi Ya�akov Litman, 40, and his son Netanel, 18, in Jerusalem on November 14, 2015. The two Israelis were killed when Palestinian gunmen fired on their vehicle south of the West Bank city of Hebron yesterday. Other family members traveling in the car were all lightly wounded. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family attend the funeral of  Rabbi Ya�akov Litman, 40, and his son Netanel, 18, in Jerusalem on November 14, 2015. The two Israelis were killed when Palestinian gunmen fired on their vehicle south of the West Bank city of Hebron yesterday. Other family members traveling in the car were all lightly wounded. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family attend the funeral of Rabbi Ya�akov Litman, 40, and his son Netanel, 18, in Jerusalem on November 14, 2015. The two Israelis were killed when Palestinian gunmen fired on their vehicle south of the West Bank city of Hebron yesterday. Other family members traveling in the car were all lightly wounded. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family attend the funeral of  Rabbi Ya�akov Litman, 40, and his son Netanel, 18, in Jerusalem on November 14, 2015. The two Israelis were killed when Palestinian gunmen fired on their vehicle south of the West Bank city of Hebron yesterday. Other family members traveling in the car were all lightly wounded. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family attend the funeral of Rabbi Ya�akov Litman, 40, and his son Netanel, 18, in Jerusalem on November 14, 2015. The two Israelis were killed when Palestinian gunmen fired on their vehicle south of the West Bank city of Hebron yesterday. Other family members traveling in the car were all lightly wounded. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family attend the funeral of  Rabbi Ya�akov Litman, 40, and his son Netanel, 18, in Jerusalem on November 14, 2015. The two Israelis were killed when Palestinian gunmen fired on their vehicle south of the West Bank city of Hebron yesterday. Other family members traveling in the car were all lightly wounded. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family attend the funeral of Rabbi Ya�akov Litman, 40, and his son Netanel, 18, in Jerusalem on November 14, 2015. The two Israelis were killed when Palestinian gunmen fired on their vehicle south of the West Bank city of Hebron yesterday. Other family members traveling in the car were all lightly wounded. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and family attend the funeral of  Rabbi Ya�akov Litman, 40, and his son Netanel, 18, in Jerusalem on November 14, 2015. The two Israelis were killed when Palestinian gunmen fired on their vehicle south of the West Bank city of Hebron yesterday. Other family members traveling in the car were all lightly wounded. (Credit: Flash90)Friends and family attend the funeral of Rabbi Ya�akov Litman, 40, and his son Netanel, 18, in Jerusalem on November 14, 2015. The two Israelis were killed when Palestinian gunmen fired on their vehicle south of the West Bank city of Hebron yesterday. Other family members traveling in the car were all lightly wounded. (Credit: Flash90)
Friends and relatives stand next to the bodies of Yaakov Litman and his son Natanel during their funeral in Jerusalem November 14, 2015. A Palestinian gunman killed an Israeli father and his son in the southern West Bank on Friday, medics said.  (Credit: REUTERS)Friends and relatives stand next to the bodies of Yaakov Litman and his son Natanel during their funeral in Jerusalem November 14, 2015. A Palestinian gunman killed an Israeli father and his son in the southern West Bank on Friday, medics said.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Friends and relatives mourn next to the bodies of Yaakov Litman and his son Natanel during their funeral in Jerusalem November 14, 2015. A Palestinian gunman killed an Israeli father and his son in the southern West Bank on Friday.  (Credit: REUTERS)Friends and relatives mourn next to the bodies of Yaakov Litman and his son Natanel during their funeral in Jerusalem November 14, 2015. A Palestinian gunman killed an Israeli father and his son in the southern West Bank on Friday.  (Credit: REUTERS)
Friends and relatives mourn during the funeral of Yaakov Litman and his son Natanel in Jerusalem November 14, 2015. A Palestinian gunman killed an Israeli father and his son in the southern West Bank on Friday, medics said.  (Credit: REUTERS)Friends and relatives mourn during the funeral of Yaakov Litman and his son Natanel in Jerusalem November 14, 2015. A Palestinian gunman killed an Israeli father and his son in the southern West Bank on Friday, medics said.  (Credit: REUTERS)
A member of the family mourns next to the bodies of Yaakov Litman and his son Natanel during their funeral in Jerusalem November 14, 2015. A Palestinian gunman killed an Israeli father and his son in the southern West Bank on Friday, medics said.  (Credit: REUTERS)A member of the family mourns next to the bodies of Yaakov Litman and his son Natanel during their funeral in Jerusalem November 14, 2015. A Palestinian gunman killed an Israeli father and his son in the southern West Bank on Friday, medics said.  (Credit: REUTERS)
A member of the family (C) mourns next to the bodies of Yaakov Litman and his son Natanel during their funeral in Jerusalem November 14, 2015. A Palestinian gunman killed an Israeli father and his son in the southern West Bank on Friday, medics said.  (Credit: REUTERS)A member of the family (C) mourns next to the bodies of Yaakov Litman and his son Natanel during their funeral in Jerusalem November 14, 2015. A Palestinian gunman killed an Israeli father and his son in the southern West Bank on Friday, medics said.  (Credit: REUTERS)

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 Nov 14, 2015 at 08:48 PM amerikaner Says:

HASHEM YERACHEIM !!!!!!

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 Nov 14, 2015 at 08:50 PM thetruthis Says:

So terrible. So sad. Maybe it's time to just give up. Pull out. Give everything back. True, our pride will be wounded but if it will save lives... We can wait out the rest of galus in peace and allow HKBH to bring us back at the time that He wills without all these tragedies.
I know that we won't be completely safe anywhere but there is no question that travelling the roads in the West Bank is truly looking for trouble - and the savages are looking to provide that trouble.

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 Nov 14, 2015 at 08:53 PM BoruchN Says:

Horrible. My condolences to the family & friends.
There's more to fear 'The Israeli Government' than the terrorists. The government is weak in protecting it's populace. The fear of the nations by the government & a segment of the people is greater than their 'Ahavat Yisroel.'
Change the government! They're failures. There' no competition for them. Were they in business, they would be closed in one month.
They cannot produce 'peace!'

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 Nov 14, 2015 at 09:04 PM stopthis Says:

Hey obama did u hear about this story probly not y r 2 people not enough only 100
Anti semites

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 Nov 14, 2015 at 09:09 PM Anonymous Says:

Hashem Yinakem Damam

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 Nov 14, 2015 at 10:27 PM Anonymous Says:

bibi find them and execute them nothing less

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 Nov 14, 2015 at 10:52 PM clear-thinker Says:

Reply to #2  
thetruthis Says:

So terrible. So sad. Maybe it's time to just give up. Pull out. Give everything back. True, our pride will be wounded but if it will save lives... We can wait out the rest of galus in peace and allow HKBH to bring us back at the time that He wills without all these tragedies.
I know that we won't be completely safe anywhere but there is no question that travelling the roads in the West Bank is truly looking for trouble - and the savages are looking to provide that trouble.

That certainly worked throughout history. We lived in peace until the founding of the state. Germany, Russia, Poland Spain remained peaceful places for us to wait. Do you think before you write or merely depend on your name?

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 Nov 14, 2015 at 11:25 PM thetruthis Says:

Reply to #7  
clear-thinker Says:

That certainly worked throughout history. We lived in peace until the founding of the state. Germany, Russia, Poland Spain remained peaceful places for us to wait. Do you think before you write or merely depend on your name?

It wasn't too difficult to know that you would respond with something to this effect. However, the truth is that the settlers are choosing to live in dangerous areas as part of what they believe is the aschalta de'geulah. Of course there is danger anywhere in galus, but any clear thinker would recognize that settling the West Bank only increases the danger. They would be much safed in Brooklyn or Lakweood. But your "pride" doesn't allow you to admit the truth. Jewish blood is on your hands for supporting these insane policies that rile up the savages.

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 Nov 14, 2015 at 11:49 PM Esther Says:

Reply to #2  
thetruthis Says:

So terrible. So sad. Maybe it's time to just give up. Pull out. Give everything back. True, our pride will be wounded but if it will save lives... We can wait out the rest of galus in peace and allow HKBH to bring us back at the time that He wills without all these tragedies.
I know that we won't be completely safe anywhere but there is no question that travelling the roads in the West Bank is truly looking for trouble - and the savages are looking to provide that trouble.

How many attacks occurred in Yerushalyim these last several weeks?
should we leave there as well?

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 Nov 15, 2015 at 12:45 AM Davethemave Says:

Reply to #2  
thetruthis Says:

So terrible. So sad. Maybe it's time to just give up. Pull out. Give everything back. True, our pride will be wounded but if it will save lives... We can wait out the rest of galus in peace and allow HKBH to bring us back at the time that He wills without all these tragedies.
I know that we won't be completely safe anywhere but there is no question that travelling the roads in the West Bank is truly looking for trouble - and the savages are looking to provide that trouble.

Firstly, please don't say give back. Jordan doesn't want it. You mean give away. Secondly I too feel we should give up. Give up hoping the world will be fair. Just do a shichitah and not care about world opinion.

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 Nov 15, 2015 at 03:48 AM zelig Says:

Yeah and give back Beitar Ilit and Modi'in with all te yeshivas and shuls tat don't even know wat eschalta d'geula means, or even pure geulah. Guess what teir industry is next on the boycott list. No one even cares if they are mechablim or soinim.

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 Nov 15, 2015 at 06:22 AM thetruthis Says:

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Esther Says:

How many attacks occurred in Yerushalyim these last several weeks?
should we leave there as well?

We could start by giving them the arab parts of yerushalayim as a capital for a state. If even that wouldn't save lives then we could pull out completely. When HKBH wants to bring us back, he will do so.

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 Nov 15, 2015 at 06:23 AM thetruthis Says:

Reply to #10  
Davethemave Says:

Firstly, please don't say give back. Jordan doesn't want it. You mean give away. Secondly I too feel we should give up. Give up hoping the world will be fair. Just do a shichitah and not care about world opinion.

Very practial solution.

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 Nov 15, 2015 at 10:11 AM Liepa Says:

Reply to #7  
clear-thinker Says:

That certainly worked throughout history. We lived in peace until the founding of the state. Germany, Russia, Poland Spain remained peaceful places for us to wait. Do you think before you write or merely depend on your name?

Clear-thinker, your logic is clouded!

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 Nov 15, 2015 at 01:21 PM Neturei karta alert! Says:

Reply to #2  
thetruthis Says:

So terrible. So sad. Maybe it's time to just give up. Pull out. Give everything back. True, our pride will be wounded but if it will save lives... We can wait out the rest of galus in peace and allow HKBH to bring us back at the time that He wills without all these tragedies.
I know that we won't be completely safe anywhere but there is no question that travelling the roads in the West Bank is truly looking for trouble - and the savages are looking to provide that trouble.

Let me guess... Are you a "Torah-true" (yeah right) Jew/neturei karta? take your sick, anti-Torah views and go to Al Jazeera where you'll be among friends.

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 Nov 15, 2015 at 01:22 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
clear-thinker Says:

That certainly worked throughout history. We lived in peace until the founding of the state. Germany, Russia, Poland Spain remained peaceful places for us to wait. Do you think before you write or merely depend on your name?

He spends on his neturei karta handlers who dictate what he should say, choleras all of them.,,

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 Nov 15, 2015 at 07:08 PM Facts1 Says:

Still waiting for Obama to condemn this "alleged violent" attack while waiting for details.

Interesting how he hastily condemns attacks coming from the Israeli side even though they are unconfirmed and taken care of by the Israeli police.

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